A Feminist Reading of Clarissa Dalloway in Ms Dalloway

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A Feminist Reading of Clarissa Dalloway
in Mrs. Dalloway

A Thesis Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirement for the Degree of BA in

South China Business College,
Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
April, 2011


The thesis contains no material which has been accepted for the award of any other degree or diploma in any institutions of higher learning and that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, the thesis contains no material previously published or written by another person, except when due reference is made in the text of the thesis.

Signature: Su Jingmei Date: April 23rd, 2011

I would like to give special thanks to my supervisor for her continuous guidance from the preparation of this thesis to the completion. She devoted much of her precious time scrutinizing my thesis. Without her help, I could not have achieved anything desirable. I really appreciate it. Because I had no idea what to write and how to start with my paper at first, after talking with my supervisor, Ms. Liang Wen yan, then I get to know how to start my paper. What’s more, I would like to thank my friends and my classmates who offer their help with the information for my paper.

The novel Mrs. Dalloway, written by Virginia Woolf, has been regarded one of the greatest feminist novels in the 20th century .The main character; Clarissa Dalloway is full of complexity. This paper mainly discusses the character of Clarissa Dalloway from the perspectives of feminism. Through a detailed analysis of the image of Clarissa Dalloway, especially of her relationship with other men and women, the paper draws a conclusion that women in the novel suffer from oppression of men and Clarissa presents a contradictory character due to the oppression. On one hand, she remains conservative in order to maintain her social status; On the other hand, she shows her independence and desire for...
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